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Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available to all graduate students. Current opportunities are available on the University's GTA Website. Note that SEDRD students may apply to any TA position where they meet the eligibility criteria in the posting. SEDRD GTA assignments will be posted on the University's website, and an email will be circulated to students via the SEDRD listservs. Fall GTA positions are typcially posted in July/August, and Winter GTA positions are posted in October/November, although these dates may change depending on departmental requirements. Students must apply through the University website; emailed applications will not be accepted. Student applicants should create an account and update their online profile with relevant details.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA)

Opportunities may be available for students to work on faculty research projects. These opportunities are managed by the faculty member responsible for the project. Open positions may be posted here or circulated via the email listservs.

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1.  Graduate Student Research Assistantship Position Available - "Collaborative Water Services Between First Nations and Municipalities in Ontario"

PhD, Rural Studies, University of Guelph OR PhD, Political Science, Western University

Compensation: $20,000 per year for 3 years + field expenditures, subject to annual performance review; additional scholarship support may be provided by the School or Department for applicants with strong records.
Start date: September 2019
Program information:  Information can be found on the University of Guelph; Ph.D. Rural Studies program and the University of Western Ontario, Political Science program.  
Project Title: Collaborative Water Services Between First Nations and Municipalities in Ontario.
Supervising Faculty: Assistant Professor Sheri Longboat (University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development), Associate Professor Christopher Alcantara (Western University, Political Science).

Many First Nations and municipalities across Ontario have formed collaborative relationships to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, such as improved service provision or economic development. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), this research aims to explore factors influencing why these types of relationships emerge in some situations and not others. One relationship type of particular policy relevance will be examined: water sharing arrangements. On many First Nations’ reserves across Canada, lack of safe drinking water is a chronic problem. This interdisciplinary research project will employ a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods – including statistical analysis and in-depth case studies – to identify the potential scope for water sharing in the Province, and factors influencing communities to choose to engage, or not engage, in these exchanges.

We seek an incoming (Fall 2019) or current doctoral student interested in contributing to this research project. In collaboration with Drs. Longboat and Alcantara, the student will establish relationships with participating Indigenous communities and municipal governments, conduct literature reviews, collect and analyze data, deliver public presentations and co-author publications.

The successful candidate must be enrolled or receive acceptance of enrollment in a PhD program either at the University of Guelph (Rural Studies) or at the University of Western Ontario (Political Science). While the doctoral student will be enrolled in only one of these programs, he or she will still work closely with both Drs. Longboat and Alcantara on this project, in addition to fulfilling their normal doctoral responsibilities and requirements. This role will require a commitment of 10 work hours per week, for the duration of the assistantship.

Desired skills and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field including but not limited to: rural studies; political science; planning and development; public administration; anthropology; Indigenous studies, etc.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada;
  • Expertise in conducting social research using qualitative, participatory approaches;
  • Track record or potential of publication and/or work experience in an academic context (conferences, active in networks, etc.) and service to Indigenous communities;
  • Experience communicating results of research and scientific information to Indigenous partners in clear, accessible and respectful ways;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a connection to and active involvement with Indigenous communities

Applicants should send by email a cover letter outlining their interests and qualifications, CV, short writing sample, and contact information for 2 references to Dr. Sheri Longboat or Dr. Christopher Alcantara  by December 31, 2018 to ensure full consideration.  Applications will be accepted after the date until the position is filled.

2.  Graduate Student Positions Available:  "Global Minerals and Local Communities in Canada and the Philippines"

Stipend:  to be announced (as per institutional regulations)
Deadline to apply:   February 1st, 2019
Start date:   September 2019, September 2020
Academic program/ institution choice: The applicant can choose to apply any program at the Master’s or PhD level at:

  • University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, Guelph Ontario, Canada (Profs. Nicolas Brunet, Sheri Longboat, Ryan Gibson)
  • University of Montreal’s Department of Political Science, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Prof. Dominique Caouette)
  • University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (Prof. Kenneth Coates and Ms. Emmy Stavostrand Neuls)

Project webpage:

Experience over the last five decades suggests that mining contributions to economic development varies greatly across countries. In some it has been a major engine of development. In others disputes have erupted over land use, property rights, environmental damage, and revenue sharing. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs implemented through health, economic development, education and training projects, are increasingly relied upon to manage company-community relations. Yet conflicts persist in many settings, with significant costs for companies and communities.

The goal of this project is to help shift the debate from arguing for or against mining, towards understanding the complex forces – environmental, cultural, economic, social, political, and historical - that influence the quality of mining company-community relationship in Canada and the Philippines.  It seeks to establish a profile of corporate, policy and community responses that maximize the economic, social and environmental benefits and minimize the negative impacts of mining.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s (for MA, M.Sc.) or Master’s (for PhD) degree in relevant field including environmental management; planning and development; anthropology; environmental studies; political science; etc.

  • Experience working in Indigenous community contexts in Canada and/or in the Philippines
  • Expertise in conducting social research using participatory approaches
  • Track record or potential of publication and/or work experience in an academic context (conferences, active in networks, etc.) and service to Indigenous communities.
  • Some understanding of the complex nature of environmental governance in multi-stakeholder contexts (northern Alberta preferred) involving resource intensive industries, government agencies, First Nation and/or Métis governments and organizations, associations, NGOs, etc.
  • Knowledge of and /or experience with corporate social responsibility issues
  • Experience communicating results of research and scientific information to Indigenous partners in a clear, accessible and respectful ways.

Interested applicants to send by email a cover letter, CV and contact information for 2 referees to Dr. Nicolas Brunet  by February 1st, 2019.


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